Be choosy, you’ll live longer … these are words to consider. Be choosy about your life partner, be choosy about where you go to school, be choosy about where you live. You’ll live a longer, happier life.
When we take the time and choose well, we’re almost always rewarded, and when we rush our decisions, we frequently regret it later. When we’re talking about our bodies and our health, here are some ideas.
Consider your source. Would you rather get advice from the Mayo Clinic’s fabulous web site, or from a marketing company looking to sell DVDs or some fitness gizmo? If a piece of advice sounds intriguing to you, go to the site’s “About” or “Bio” section and see if you can get more information.
Get the best you can afford. You should not be racking up the credit cards to trick yourself out in fancy new sweats. But it does make sense to invest in good pieces that you’ll use all the time. If you are sport-specific and dedicated to said sport, get the best shoes you can afford and other accessories that are appropriate. A runner should consider a really good jacket for chilly nights. A soccer player should have good protection gear along with their cleats. You get the idea. Ask for referrals from people you look up to and follow their leads.
How does it fit your life? Can you stick with that extreme diet no matter how good the source of information is? Can you become a morning workout devotee if you’ve been a night owl all your life? How does this piece of advice fit into what you’re already doing. You want to move in little steps, not big leaps.
Is it a fad or a find? Bootcamp is the number one fitness trend in the US right now. But will we still be doing it next year? (maybe …) Fitness trends ebb and wane all the time. We were all flailing away on StairMasters a few years ago and now new clubs are opening and not even bothering to stock them; we’re into ellipticals and Arc Trainers now. If you’re considering a new health or fitness idea/gizmo/regime, think about how long it might be around. Hint: If it’s on an infomercial, it’s probably a fad …
Food is the most important thing. Yup, I’m a fitness person but you’ll get more longevity and robust health from the fruits and veggie aisle at the grocery store then you’ll get from me. What goes in your body, the nutrients, the good and bad fats, the overall calorie content, that effects you more than any workout I could devise. Before you throw cash down for some pricey sneakers consider buying grass-fed, sustainably raised meat and organic vegetables instead. In the long run you’ll be much better served.
What do you think? When are you a snob about your overall wellness? What do you splurge on or turn your nose up at?
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